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In a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 24, Somerset business owners flooded the Village Hall to hear what the board would do about reevaluating all the properties in the village. The meeting was called as a result of last week's regular board meeting when many business owners complained about their tax bill going up approximately 22 percent. Jeff Johnson, village president, explained at the time that when the village was reevaluated, the residential properties were assessed lower to be more realistic. However, that shifted the tax burden to the commercial, business and industrial properties.
What larger body of water does the Suez Canal flow from? Not sure of the answer? Shelly Schmitt knows. After all, that is the question the sixth-grader correctly answered to win the St. Anne's geography bee on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Schmitt said she had always liked geography, so preparing for the bee wasn't too difficult. "I spent a lot of time looking at old booklets of past geography bees to see what kinds of questions they'd ask," Schmitt said.
If you ask Brad Marcello what his favorite part of his recent trip to New York City was, it won't be the Empire State Building, Rockerfeller Center or FAO Schwartz. "Meeting all the firefighters, the fire commissioner and seeing the stations," he responded. "Basically everything that was fire-related." Makes sense, since that was what his Make-A-Wish trip was all about. Marcello, 14, is a student at Somerset Middle School, and has been a honorary member of the Somerset Fire/Rescue Department for the past six years.
Curious about pumpkin oil? Ken Seguine and Jay Gilbertson, owners of the Hay River Pumpkin Seed Oil company, will be speaking at the Somerset Buds Garden Club meeting at Somerset Township Hall on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The oil has already won the 2010 Taste Test award from Cooking Light magazine and the company has sold out their 2009 vintage. "They agreed to speak back in August and they have had so much publicity at the pumpkin seed oil since, I was afraid they would not be able to keep the date," said Ruth Steiner, Buds Garden Club president. At the Jan.
After more than 15 years of servicing the village, Olson's contract was going to be replaced by Waste Management in accordance to the board's decision at the Village of Somerset's December meeting. However, the 4-3 board vote to change refuse carriers didn't sit well with Ryan Sicard, chairman of the public works committee.
"It was just a financial decision." Ryan Sicard, head of the public works commitee, told the Village of Somerset Board at their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 21. The committee had recommended switching the village's refuse and recycling carrier to Waste Management. They had been with Olson Sanitation out of Somerset for more than 15 years. After asking for bids a month ago, the committee received two bids: Waste Management and Olson Sanitation. The 64-gallon rate for 2011 Waste Management is $12.75 Olson's comparative rate was $15.00 per month.
The Grace Place/Salvation Army annual Christmas party was Sunday, Dec. 19.
Several middle school students from St. Anne's School took part in packaging meals for the Feed My Starving Children project on Thursday, Dec. 2, at St. Joseph's Church in Amery. Approximately 49 students and 18 adults participated in the service project. "A parent suggested we look into a Feed My Starving Children project," said Michelle Rochel, St. Anne's middle school teacher. "What a perfect way for our students to realize how much we have and how much we waste in our country." The group made the trek to Amery after school.
Police Chief Dan Burgess told the board that he had gotten bids back for purchasing a new department vehicle. The board considered all the information at the meeting Monday, Dec. 13. Burgess said that the Crown Victorias -- the traditional squad car -- are getting more difficult to find as many of the larger departments are buying them before the new model is introduced. As an alternative, he began looking at SUVs. They got a bid back from Hudson Ford for a new Ford Expedition for just over $22,000.
It was something like out of a fairy tale. For the past three years, homeowner Lacey Scottum and her husband have been finishing the basement in their 4-bedroom, three-bath Osceola home.